I just read a great article about church innovation. It was a Q & A with Bobby Gruenewald at LifeChurch.tv. I found two comments in particular to be very interesting, and I wanted to share them here:
Some are saying that online social networking and virtual sites… may actually be harming genuine community. What do you think?
A lot of people are predicting what consequences online community is going to have. But that happens with every new technology. When the telephone was new in the early 20th century, there were bold predictions that it would negatively impact how people interact. But very few of those predictions came true.
With technology and culture changing so rapidly, how can a church keep pace?
Some organizations take three to five years to change, so to keep pace they would have to predict what things will look like years from now and begin making adjustments now. That’s really inefficient. The alternative is to be an adaptive organization and nimble enough to adjust within a few months to what’s actually happening.